Conspiracy (1939)

Genres - Action, Adventure, Spy Film, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Unglamorized Spy Film  |   Release Date - Aug 23, 1939 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 58 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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RKO's Conspiracy attempts to be an up-to-date (for 1939) espionage drama without using such problematic words as "Nazi" or "Fascist". The film solves this problem by taking place in a mythical Central American country, though the key figure of a despotic dictator is clearly meant to be an Hispanic Hitler. Allan Lane stars as an adventurer who joins forces with Linda Hayes, who plays a revolutionary dedicated to toppling the dictator's regime. If the average filmgoer of 1939 detected parallels to the recent Spanish Civil War, then screenwriter Jerome Chodhorov had succeeded. Conspiracy bears no relation to a 1930 RKO feature of the same name.

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politics, agent [representative], assassination, boating, chase, courage, espionage, Fascism, foreign, poison, poison-gas, police, port, problems, radio, radio-operator, regime, release, revolution, secret-police, secrets, shipment, speedboat, tyrant